Ex-rugby star 'floored' by coronavirus

Rory Lawson (Getty Images)
Rory Lawson (Getty Images)

Former Scotland scrumhalf Rory Lawson has issued a timely reminder that younger people can also contract the coronavirus after his temperature shot up to 38.8 degrees as he battled Covid-19 in quarantine for a week.

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According to the Stuff website, Lawson - the grandson of late, great broadcaster Bill McLaren - said on Twitter he had suffered "sweats, shivers, body aches, cough, sore throat" and was left "short of breath, physically drained" and unable to smell or taste anything.

The 39-year-old son of former Scotland scrumhalf Alan Lawson said he as "hopefully now through the worst of it", but he said: "This virus is like nothing I've had before.

"It doesn't care if you're young or old, fit or not. Yes, it preys on the vulnerable but it can attack anyone and it floors plenty."

Now a freelance sports broadcaster, Lawson played professional rugby for Edinburgh, Gloucester and the Newcastle Falcons before retiring in 2013.

He earned 31 Scotland caps between 2006 and 2010 and played at the 2007 Rugby World Cup tournament in France and the 2011 edition in New Zealand.

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